Whether your loved ones are across the city or the world, Canada Post will be tackling the busiest season of the year, processing almost 1 billion pieces of mail by the time Christmas rolls in.
As Canadians prepare to ship their gifts this season, Canada Post provides its list of holiday mailing tips:
• Good packing prevents delays and damage, so use the right size box and centre your item.
• Wrap fragile items – newspaper, bubble wrap or foam will protect them on their journey.
• Wrap your parcel in plain paper.
• Don’t use string or twine – it can get caught in the processing machines.
• Make sure the address is written clearly and on the largest side of your parcel.
• Mark your calendar.
To get your shipments to their destination before the big day, keep these deadlines in mind:
In Canada: for cards, send locally by Dec. 17, within province by Dec. 18, out of province by Dec. 19. Send parcels by Dec. 10.
Mailing to the United States: send letters and cards by Dec. 14 and parcels by Dec. 10.
International shipping: deadlines vary depending on the region. In general, allow three weeks for cards – longer for some areas. Allow four weeks for parcels.
If you miss a deadline, don’t panic. Canada Post offers premium services with shorter delivery times worldwide.